I have been greatly interested in the letter by a clergyman...

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I have been greatly interested in the letter by a clergyman which you published recently under the caption, "Progress During My Lifetime." The great sweep of the years through which he has passed has flavored his whole reminiscence with a kindliness which speaks well for his faith in the gospel he has preached. But there is one point which I would like to clear up. Therefore I would appreciate space in your columns to make a brief explanation. Christian Science, to which the clergyman refers as an "ism," is more than that, even according to Webster's dictionary. It is religion in the full meaning of the term—the Christian religion, basing all on the teachings and practice of Christ Jesus. As Mrs. Eddy explains on page 126 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "I have found nothing in ancient or in modern systems on which to found my own, except the teachings and demonstrations of our great Master and the lives of prophets and apostles. The Bible has been my only authority. I have had no other guide in 'the straight and narrow way' of Truth."

Christian Science, which has been called the greatest religious movement of modern times, has over two thousand churches throughout the civilized world, and all this in little more than one short half century. It reveals God whom we worship and Christ Jesus whom we acknowledge as the Son of God. This is not a criticism; it is just a kindly word of explanation on a point which did not seem clear. There is too much good to be done in this world to waste time in criticism. How the clouds clear away when we see each other's viewpoint and understand! So, as one of the younger laborers in His vineyard to one who has labored long, sincerely, and faithfully, I send greetings through your columns.

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